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Norflex (orphenadrine) & Valium?: These two drugs should only be prescribed by an MD In very specific cases, as they are both CNS depressants. valium ( a benzodiazepine) has a half life of 12 - 24 hrs, which means is takes 12 -24 hours for the amount in your blood stream to reduce by half. Norflex (orphenadrine) has a 16 h half life, so again, it will take 16 hours for half of the amount in your bloodstream to be eliminated. ...Read more
Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, ...Read more
Depends: A drugs clearance depends on a number of factors. Generally speaking, with normal kidney and liver function both valium and Norflex (orphenadrine) should have negligible effects after about 7 excretion half lives which are 14 hours for Norflex (orphenadrine) and 30 hours for valium. We generally recommend that patients not drive for 24 hours after taking valium, which is the longer half life of the two medications. ...Read more
I take 10 mg of Valium at bedtime as part of treatment for ic. I have recently been prescribed norflex (orphenadrine) for back problems. Is it dangerous to take these meds within the same 12 to 24 hour period?
Depends.: These drugs are synergistic in that both causes muscle relaxation and it can be very sedating if taken at the same time. Keep at l;east 4 hours between and time it when you are at home, don't drive or operate heavy machineries. Needless to say, do not drink alcohol with both. Be safe. ...Read more
I currently take 5 to 10 mg. Of Valium at bedtime as part of treatment for interstitial cystitis. Can I take norflex (orphenadrine) to help with back muscle tightness also?
Interstitial cystiti: Ic is quite often associated with high tone pelvic floor musculature. This contributes to overall pelvic aching ; is a major factor for dyspareunia. Muscle relaxers, including valium, do have a role in treating this aspect of ic. I often prescribe valium vaginal suppositories rather than oral valium. Regardless of how it's ingested though, valium can be addicting. ...Read more
Tranquilizer: Valium (diazepam) is an older benzodiazepine tranquilizer. It was the #1 prescribed drug (of any kind) in the us in the late 1960s but is used less now due to drug interactions and active metabolites. It is still used for anxiety and as "pre-medication" for uncomfortable medical and minor surgical procedures. It is habit-forming, should not be used with alcohol, and may impair driving. ...Read more
All medications, whether branded or generic, sold in the United States, are required by the food and drug administration (fda) to have plus or minus twenty per cent of the stated dose to be legal.
So a medication which states 10mg can have between 8 and 12 mgs, which for some patients, may make a noticeable difference in their treatment. But 50 % difference should not be possible. ...Read more
The slower the bette: When it comes to tapering someone off valium, I take it very slowly. I do not want to see one of my patients lulled into the false security that they can quickly taper off valium only to have them have a seizure 2 to 4 weeks later. Valium is a very long acting drug. Without knowing what type of anxiety you're being treated for, it is difficult for me to state that you should take an antidepressant. There have been some reports of using tegretol, an anticonvulsant in the long-term use of valium withdrawal to improve patient compliance and comfort during the long withdrawal process. Please lower valium under the direction of your psychiatrist. Take it slowly especially as you get down to lower amounts or withdrawal typically becomes more difficult. I wish you the best in this process and know that you can come off of the medication given proper emotional and if necessary medicinal support. ...Read more
It depends: Valium (diazepam) is often used to treat alcohol withdrawal in the acute detox phase. In that setting it is not a substance abuse relapse, because it's not being abused. If there's a legitimate medical need to take it, then it's not abuse. But recreational use during sobriety would be considered a relapse. ...Read more
Yes: People can become very addicted to medications like valium. They can develop severe psychological and physical addiction. In fact the withdrawal from a medication such as Valium can be life threating if not monitored and treated appropriatly. People often need a medically monitored detox. If you or someone is addicted seek medical help before trying to stop on your own! ...Read more
Yes it may be: Is a muscle relaxant.It works by blocking nerve impulses that are sent to the brain. Norflex (orphenadrine) has euphoric effects. Therefore, potential addiction or habit-forming is a good possibility. The medicine should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. The mood elevating effects may occur even at therapeutic doses of the drug. ...Read more
Very carefully: Yes, benzodiazepines (like valium) can be co-prescribed with opioid analgesics (like nubain), but only under the watchful eye of a physician. These two classes of medications can be very harmful--even fatal--in combination, as the two classes of medications potentiates the effect of the other. Many people die from this combination of medications, so only take if a physician has prescribed. ...Read more
Not really: Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine tranquilizer. Although it helps with sleep, it is mainly for anxiety and muscle relaxation, and can be taken during the day if prescribed that way. Ambien (zolpidem) is chemically different, only used for sleep, never during the day, and is not a tranquilizer (anxiety reducer). Valium is also habit-forming, Ambien less so (but can be too). ...Read more
Yes, mixed: Used chronically, there can be sexual side effects with valium. In one study comparing valium to xanax (alprazolam) in panic disorder, patients reported decreased libido (18.5%), increased libido (18.5%), and unspecified sexual dysfunction (7.4%). Menstrual irregularities were also reported in 18.4%. ...Read more
A little different: It depends on the effect you're looking for. Librium and valium are both fairly long-acting benzodiazepines, but valium may be a little more potent as an anxiolytic. Valium may also be more lipid soluble, getting into the brain more quickly than librium. Librium's effect may be delayed also because the parent compound is less potent than its metabolites. ...Read more